Faculty Leader: Ms A Balchin
Friars Academy was awarded specialist status in the Spring of 2010. Sport is the first subject and Computing the second. Computing is led by Miss Alison Balchin and IT Support is provided by Mr Paul Munro, who is responsible for network administration.
Pupils have access to one Computing lesson each week in the Computer suite which is equipped with thirteen computers and an interactive Smart board. Pupils are given their own login to access the network and are provided with their own email accounts. They are encouraged to be responsible users of the network and the equipment throughout the Academy as each classroom has two networked computers and an interactive Smartboard.
ICT is used in every curriculum subject throughout the Academy. Should teachers wish to use ICT as part of their lessons, whether for research, creating documents or accessing educational applications, we have a booking system for a unit of twelve computers in the library, twelve Google Chromebooks, ten iPad minis and two sets of ten iPad Airs. We are also fortunate to have a well-equipped sensory room which can be used throughout all curriculum areas to help bring topics alive and give pupils a memorable experience, helping to engage them in their learning.
Pupils are encouraged to peer and self-assess their work so they are aware of the levels they are working at. They have a tracking system saved in their own documents, allowing them to view where they are working at and what they need to do to progress.
There are a variety of clubs during lunchtime and after school which focus on developing literacy, numeracy and science skills and for recreational use by pupils.
Computing is divided into 3 strands: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science. All year groups cover these three strands throughout the year to aim to provide a broad and balanced Computing curriculum.
- Familiarisation of the Academy Network, introduction and evaluation of software available.
- Creating a presentation including digital photography and research on the internet.
- Coding – Creating simple games.
- What is a database? Inserting graphs and creating clear databases.
- Logo – Giving commands to an onscreen turtle.
- E-safety and emails.
- Word processing skills, e-Safety and emails.
- Logo Programming – Using commands and repeat commands to control a device.
- Databases – Using a sort and filter tool to extract information. Creating a graph.
- Coding – Creating games using conditional commands.
- Modelling – Changing variables within a spreadsheet.
- E_safety and digital photography.
- E-safety, research via the internet and use of a range of software. To learn about the effects of Cyberbullying and how to deal with it.
- Coding – Creating an animation.
- Editing photographs and creating special effects.
- Databases – Creating and interrogating, creating pie charts and using the sort/ filter tools.
- Programming – Following onscreen instructions to create a moving toy using motors and sensors.
- E-Safety and uses of Word. Writing letters, creating and editing tables, SmartArt charts.
Key Stage 4
Pupils can gain certification at the appropriate levels using the INGOTS accredited scheme which builds on the skills they have learnt in KS3. There are three Entry Levels at which they can work towards gaining accreditation.
All Entry Levels cover the three Computing strands focusing on a range of the following:
- Graphics Based Programs
- Coding and Programming
- Digital Photography
- Use of Microsoft Office and Google Docs/ Sheets/ Slides
- Functional Skills
- Work related documents (CV, Personal Details).
They will be given the opportunity to undertake ICT related work experience in Year 11 if felt appropriate.